Man with metal detector finds 222-year-old coin near church
EMBDEN, Maine (AP) - A man with a metal detector found a long, 222-year-old coin under a few inches of dirt outside a church in Maine.
Shane Houston, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was on a metal detection trip with a friend from New Hampshire when he found the coin earlier this month, the Bangor Daily News reported.
The copper penny from 1798 comes from the first decade of American minted money in North America.
He said it was found on the premises of a church in Embden where he was allowed to use his metal detector.
The penny is not in pristine condition. Houston said it could make $ 200, but he has no intention of selling it.
On the same trip he also found an 1818 penny, a full wagon wheel, and a musket ball. The ammunition was measured to be 0.75 caliber, making it of British origin.
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